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Future Africa?! Timescapes and the Flattening of Time in the Modern Era

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Lachenicht, Susanne:
Future Africa?! Timescapes and the Flattening of Time in the Modern Era.
Institute of African Studies; Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Bayreuth, Germany , 2022 . - VI, 11 p. - (University of Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers ; 31 ) (Academy reflects; 7)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005987

Official URL: Volltext

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Project's official titleProject's id
Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple - Reconfiguring African StudiesEXC2052

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

This paper critically assesses the making of the modern timescape “the future” from an early modern historian’s and a postcolonial perspective. As a western invention, it was imposed on many societies in the historical contexts of colonialism and imperialism. “The future” is thus loaded with semantics such as ‘civilization versus primitive forms of life’, ‘progress versus backwardness’, ‘development versus regression’ and other similar dichotomies. This article looks into timescapes prevalent in the early modern period, using the latter as a background against which we can reflect on the historical making and baggage of linear timescapes such as the “past, present and future”, about the diversity, or multiplicity, of timescapes in the past and today, how this could inform our understanding of constructions of cultural difference and how much we would need a transperiodical and transregional anthropology of time.

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Item Type: Working paper, discussion paper
Keywords: Future; Time; Coloniality; Early Modern; History; Anthropology
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Early Modern History
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Early Modern History > Chair Early Modern History - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Research Institutions > Research Units
Research Institutions > Research Units > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 900 History and geography > 900 History
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2022 22:00
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 09:36
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/72763